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spends his life providing clean water to people in developing countries. the group raises money from wine tastings and makes a lot of money doing that, by the way. he was honored as a cnn hero four years ago. his latest project providing water filtration systems at camps for syrian refugees. >> we're able to have such a huge lasting impact. and it really, like you said, is quite simple. it's fixing a broken well or providing a simple water filtration system to a family. and it changes their whole life. simplicity is one of the reasons why i love what we do. little small simple things can have a huge impact. >> and tell me how a bartender ends up doing this? and how it evolved and the whole wine into water thing? >> well, back in 2003 is when i learned about the global water crisis. and i decided i might just be an average guy bartender, but i think i can do something about this. i think i can raise some funds. so we put on the wine to water events and i was able to raise quite a bit of money quickly, which surprised me. and i decided i wonder if i
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could actually do this work myself in the field. i had an amazing opportunity to travel to dwar far and sudan. it's changed from ten years ago. >> overnight and going global. huge. that's a wonderful story. so if you want to know more about hendley's group go to winetowater.org. >> have a look at what's trending on twitter. a famous ballywood actor sentenced to five years in prison for gun possession. >> it's in connection with the attacks in mumbai. >> his says the weapons were meant to protect his family. he denies it all. show you candid photos from around the world right now. >> go to australia. did you know it would be
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something piggy like this. a pig diving out of a cage at the sydney royal easter show. >> nothing special about that. >> they look like they're having fun there. kids splashing around in a well in india. >> yeah, it is world water day, many indians doept have clean water as well. 80% of sewage flows into the rivers and pollutes that country's water supply. on that note, that's it from me. thanks for watching "around the world." you're done with me, but do carry on. >> i'll try. great being with you this week. have a great weekend. >> you too. he says i'm going to kill your baby. and i said please don't kill my baby. >> a baby just 1-year-old shot dead in broad daylight. a manhunt is now underway in
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georgia. and a frenchman is arrested at philadelphia's airport for impersonating a pilot on a u.s. airways flight. but not before getting into the cockpit. and texts and tweets help convict two teens of sex crimes in steubenville, ohio. now social media fuels another teen sexual assault case. this time in connecticut. this is the cnn "newsroom." i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux. we begin with three deadly shootings all hitting the headlines in the last 24 hours. one in texas, a shootout with a man who may have been involved in the killing of a colorado prison chief. police are expected to reveal more in a news conference scheduled to begin at any minute now. and then in virginia gunfire rings out at a quantico marine base. the victims and the gunman are marines. and in georgia a 13-month-old baby is gunned down. his mother tells police it happened during a robbery attempt that left her shot and wounded. and she says the killers are
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boys. we have reporters on the ground covering all these stories. we begin with the shooting of the colorado prison chief. investigators are looking to texas now for answers. and that's because a man killed in texas after a high speed chase and shootout was a former inmate in the colorado prison. new twists are emerging every moment. jim spellman is now joining us now from colorado springs. so, jim, tell us more about the link that investigators are zeroing in on. >> the man's name is evan, he's recently been in jail. we understand he got out some time in early february. we don't know what he's been doing until this point when he was in jail he was linked to a prison gang called the 2-11. and police here are working with the department of corrections people to see if there was any link to his time in prison that may have related him to tom clements murdered here earlier in the week. we don't have a motive at all, but we do this car in texas that
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closely matches the description of a car seen near the tom clements crime scene around the time of the murder case there. they've sent investigators from colorado to work with that car and see if the evidence in that car can link with evidence at the crime scene here. fredricka. >> jim, i understand there's a press conference taking place right now as it relates to this case. >> he has been pronounced deceased. and that is our suspect. we will release through e-mail shortly a photo if you don't have that, you can request it from our office. i believe most of you probably already do have that. within the last 24 hours after identifying the suspect positively with the tarrant county medical examiner's office, we did that through rangers, fbi and others with fingerprint. we had el paso county sheriff's office in colorado made official notice to the family. at the present time the colorado
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authorities along with the sheriff's office investigators from wise county are at the tarrant county medical examiner's office attending the autopsy. we have no results from the autopsy yet and probably will not for several days, but that is an update on the suspect. as the investigation continues, we want to make very clear that everyone realizes that this is an ongoing investigation. there will be a lot of information that we gather that we at the present time do not want to release from texas nor colorado. but we will release some information. and we'll release more as the case continues. texas departmt of public safety and crime team out of garland, texas, is here working with the texas rangers and working with our crime scene investigator cory harris and others processing the vehicle -- the suspect's vehicle. and i will also reiterate yesterday we mentioned the black
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cadillac that is -- is a black cadillac with colorado plates. that is at the present time that's our only connection to colorado. we did make calls yesterday to the colorado authorities obviously. and they came down to -- for an inquiry to see what we had in our texas. right now we will continue with the processing of the vehicle over at the sheriff's office. anything we learn from the vehicle, we're actually looking for any type of physical evidence, biological evidence, or trace evidence. all that will be collected and analyzed. we will also share our findings with the colorado authorities. and that hopefully will help them determine yes or no if this is related to any of their crimes at all. we -- as i said a second ago the investigation is continuing. we are asking for any of the
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public that saw anything, heard anything, witnessed the chase to contact the sheriff's office here in wise county so we can follow-up with them as potential witnesses. and we will do that aggressively and work through the weekend to do any -- anymore investigation we need to do. at the present time i'll call for steve or or john from el paso county sheriff's office. >> inspect john st. augustine with the el paso county sheriff's office. i want to first begin by -- >> all right. you're listening to a press conference there in texas as authorities are talking about how they are cooperating in texas with colorado authorities as they try to look into these two separate shooting incidents and trying to determine whether indeed there is a link between the person, the suspect who was -- who died who was shot and killed there in texas and if there's a link between that person and the corrections chief
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that was shot right outside his home in colorado springs. let's go to jim spellman once again joining us there in colorado springs. again, jim, give us an idea of where authorities are going from here as they try to draw a connection between these two situations. >> first thing they want to do is see if they can link any evidence found at the crime scene of the tom clements murder here in colorado with that car. i asked does that mean shell ka casings, fingerprints, but they wopt tell me but they do have something to go on in addition to the eyewitness seeing a car similar to that one. there's also a third murder here that they're possibly trying to see if he was related to. last sunday the pizza delivery man was making a pizza delivery to a sort of remote warehouse area north of denver. he was murdered. and his body was then moved to the outskirts of colorado. they're working also with the denver authorities to see if
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that case may have been related as well. apparently evidence from that crime scene as well they may be able to link to this car in texas. >> oh, my goodness. lots of pieces there in which to try to connect or at least further investigate. thanks so much jim spellman from colorado springs. all right. the other situation we are looking into, brunswick, georgia, it's a seaside town, a place where you don't normally hear about this type of crime. a mother saying she was held up by two boys who then shot and killed her baby son. for more on this, nick valencia is joining us. nick, what are police saying about this case? >> fredricka, what police are saying is slightly different than what the mother told me. i interviewed her just a short time ago. we'll get to that in a moment. first, just a short time ago behind me at old city hall here in brunswick police held a press conference where they said they are following more than -- leads in their investigation. so far no suspects or persons of interest. now, what happened just happened
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a few short blocks away from here. happened yesterday morning at about 9:00. the mother tells me, sher ri west tells me that she was walking along strolling her baby, her 13-month-old when she was approached by two young boys who she says she had never seen before. she said they were trying to rob her. now, i want to be very clear about this. in this press conference the police said that there is no clear motive of what happened. and they're now leading to a lot of discrepancies between the mother's story and what police are saying officially. i asked the police if they are considering west a person of interest or a suspect in this case. listen to what they had to say at the press conference. >> we are aware that there is some speculation being circulated throughout the rumor mill, however let me assure you as i previously indicated that we are thoroughly investigating this case. and we will not -- i repeat, will not leave any stone
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unturned. >> now, in that interview with sherry west she told me there was an eyewitness, a neighbor that saw what happened. police say otherwise. they say there were no eyewitnesses. and everything that happened was from the account of the mother. fred. >> all right. nick valencia, thanks so much. keep us posted as you learn new developments. all right, now to that deadly shooting at the quantico marine base in virginia. base officials say a marine shot and killed two comrades, a man and woman and then fatally shot himself. the victims were assigned to the officers candidate school on the base. their identities have not been disclosed. the base commander told reporters this morning it has been a long and painful night. >> as we take care of our marines and their families that are dealing with this tragedy, i'd also ask for the support of our neighbors, the community and their thoughts and prayers as well for our marines who have lost their comrades in arms.
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>> the gunman's identity has not been released. right now police are not speculating on a motive. all right. here's what else we're working on for this hour. a lot of air traffic control towers are on the chopping block. that could mean big changes when you travel. and a teen home alone when three burglars break in. the robbers so close to 9-1-1 operator could hear them. >> okay, don't talk. >> but in the end it was a happy ending to a very terrifying story. straight ahead. and take a look at this. a gunman trying to force his way into a philadelphia restaurant, but despite the gunshot, the employees inside, well, they blocked the entrance. you'll see more of that after this. max and penny kept our bookstore exciting and would always come to my rescue.
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deadline to come up with $7.5 billion in order to secure a bailout from the european union and the international monetary fund. all right. the faa today announces it is cutting funding to 189 air traffic control towers because of those forced spending cuts. at least three of the towers were built with federal stimulus money and have just recently opened. the faa is furloughing employees and eliminating shifts at some towers. the agency says the towers targeted for closure are at lower volume airports with fewer than 150,000 takeoffs or landings in a year's span. to politics now. we're seeing signs that congress is moving closer to comprehensive immigration reform. some leading conservatives now say they will support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. congressman paul ryan spelled out his position in "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. >> well, i think we can get comprehensive immigration
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reform. i support reform. i supported the bush reforms in 2005 and 2006. i think we can find a way of making sure that people here with an undocumented status have an ability to adjust that status. we're not going to be able to deport 12 million people. and there's a way to do this without rewarding them for breaking the line or breaking the law, without rewarding them for cutting in line so they don't have a special and unique pathway so those who came here legally who paid the fines, who waited patiently are not penalized by letting people cut in front of them. i think there's a way to do this. and i would call it earned legalization status. >> let's bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, could it be that congress might actually get a little something done here? how close are lawmakers to coming up with an immigration reform plan that everyone likes or can agree to? >> i sense your skepticism because it's hard to accept congress is going to accept something. i do think, not to be polly anna
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here, i think you see movement on that front. there's a gang working on this in the senate. chuck schumer came out yesterday and said they are making a bunch of progress. you see republicans in opinion polls moving to where a slight majority of republicans now support some kind of immigration reform. you see the self-interest of mep members of congress because you will recall by the last election by a three-to-one margin republicans lost to hispanic voters, mitt romney lost to hispanic voters. so they understand it's in their self-interest to get something done. so you kind of see everything moving in that direction. >> and the potential stumbling block? >> of course. there are stumbling blocks. look, it depends on what that pathway leads to. does it lead to citizenship? does it lead to some kind of legal status? and how can you ensure people
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that the border is secure first? you know, everybody -- republicans i talk to go back to the days when ronald reagan passed immigration reform. and the problem with that everyone agrees was that the borders were not secure first. so republicans are nervous that that could happen again. and they want to make sure that doesn't occur. there's also another stumbling block in the guest worker program. how do you provide for guest workers to come into this country? that's an issue for democrats in particular. so there are stumbling blocks that would have been done years ago. but again political self-interest is at stake here. when that occurs, maybe they'll actually do it. >> all right. gloria borger, thanks so much from washington. >> sure. let's talk a little b-ball. march madness, the ncaa tournament, well, it's off to a pretty incredible start. we are courtside with the cnn march madness express. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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all right. are you ready? are you into it? you ready for a little march madness? day two now, round two, and there's already been a major bracket busting upset. last night harvard became the tournament's cinderella team. the 14 seed crimson downed new mexico 68-62. our rachel niblgs is following all the action from auburn hills, michigan. rachel, big move by harvard. how did this go down? how did it happen? i guess i shouldn't be so skeptical? >> they made their shots. exactly. they made their shots, which sounds simple, but it's something the harvard team hasn't been able to do at times this season and especially weren't going to be able to do it a lot of people predicted against the new mexico defense which is particularly stingy. they were great not only from the perimeter, but from three-point range you can see something jeremy lin celebrating in a tweet he had last night.
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he jokes he has his three-point goggles on. and jeremy hardly the only one who was celebrating this win. a lot of harvard grads taking the opportunity to brag today. really tells you something, fredricka, about the sports role in our society. harva harvard's a place of course has u.s. presidents to its credit, u.s. supreme court justices, we didn't see the reaction when say john roberts was confirmed on the craziness on the harvard campus. we didn't see that today with the ncaa win. basketball does the mind good even if it's a really smart harvard team. >> maybe they were very excited but conveyed it in a very different way. let's talk about another -- yeah, a different way. let's talk about another near upset. number 16 seed never beat a number 1 seed but a serious scare put into gonzaga. >> and gonzaga played well at the end which showing in the end they were the more talented team, but it raised a lot of questions. should this small school from a small conference have been a number one seed in the first
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place? gonzaga has built its reputation by being a scrappy underdog. there's a lot of people who feel maybe they're better in that role. that's the beauty of the ncaa tournament. we're going to get to find out over the next few games, are they a true number one or not? sports is fantastic for that. all the pundits, all the politics, all the different people saying that a team should or shouldn't be in a certain place. teams have to go out and prove it on the court. and gonzaga this year has the chance to prove what they've been saying for a long time, that they are one of the best teams in the country. we'll see if they really deserve it. they've got their next game tomorrow. >> rachel, thanks so much. that's why it's such a fun horse race to kind of follow for everybody. that's why they call the march madness. anything can happen. and of course it continues today. watch every game live on tru tv and ncaa team.com. lots of options. we now know what caused the game-stopping blackout at this year's super bowl. and no, it was not beyonce,
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people. the new orleans power company says an independent assessment reveals a combination of technical and communication failures contributed to the outage. the power was cut off to half of the superdome during the third quarter of the game between the raven and 49ers. the game was delayed for about 30 minutes. who can forget? all right. john lennon's widow using social media to take aim at gun violence. i'll explain after this. [ male announcer ] this is george. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back pain... and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪ [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪♪ ♪
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obama and king abdullah. all right, the national rifle association is taking its fight against tighter gun control laws to court. the nra's new york state affiliate has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a gun control law signed by governor andrew cuomo in january. it strengthens the state's ban on assault weapons, limits ammunition magazines to seven bullets and tightens rules designed to keep the mentally ill from getting weapons. the nra says the state passed the measure with no committee hearing and no public input. john lennon's widow is using social media to take aim at gun violence. yoko ono tweeted this picture along with several pictures including this one promptly retweeted by president obama's twitter account. it proclaims "over 1 million 57,000 people have been killed by guns in the u.s. since john lennon was shot and killed on 8
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december 1980. and just a few days after two teens in steubenville, ohio, were convicted of rape, another rape case involving teens is drawing a whole lot of attention because some are turning to social media to take vicious swipes at the young alleged victims. three teenage boys in the town of torington, connecticut, are accused of raping two 13-year-old girls. and at least one of the alleged victims is being attacked by other teens on twitter. cnn's susan candiotti takes a look at the powerful impact social media is having on this case. >> reporter: at least two of the three accused teens are familiar with faces for football fans at connecticut's torington high school. edgar gonzalez named most valuable player this season and teammate are 18, legally adults. a third young man is 17, a juvenile. all three are charged with sexual assault. the two alleged victims are 13
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years old. police call the alleged sexual encounters consensual, but under connecticut law that doesn't matter. >> consensual in the sense that it wasn't a "attack." not consensual because in the eyes of the law statutorily a 13-year-old cannot give consent. >> reporter: because the girls were more than three years younger than the boys, the young men are charged with sexual assault. sometimes known as statutory rape in other states. torrington is a small new england town where football is part of school, not a local obsession. different than steubenville, ohio, where just days ago two football players were convicted of raping an unconscious girl. in torrington, social media brought backlash from other kids, mainly blaming the girls. one said "even if it was all his fault, what was a 13-year-old girl doing hanging around with 18-year-old guys."
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another viciously attacked the girls question character "young girls acting like -- there's no punishment for that. young men acting like boys is a sentence. but the boys were targets too "too bad the girls were not protected from a rapist psychopath like you. you should be telling your buddies to lay off her. >> with social media it's just an opportunity to tell a lot of people a message instead of just me speaking to you, i tweeted and it's out there for the world. >> reporter: she heads the victims for domestic and sexual abuse center worrying about the impact on the accusers. >> the focus is on the girls as if whatever went on here was their fault. and i think the focus needs to be on the perpetrators -- alleged perpetrators. >> reporter: as for all the social media chatter, area parents just shake their heads. >> i don't think they've stopped to consider the lives that they're hurting.
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>> i don't think it's appropriate for kids to be expressing their thoughts on something that either they know very little about, or they're just not mature enough to make rational decisions. >> susan candiotti joining us live now from torrington. susan, have the two 13-year-olds, the alleged victims, made any comments to their families, attorneys? what is being said by any representatives of these young people? >> reporter: such a sad case, fred. we've reached out to representatives for the alleged victims in this case, but so far have not heard back. we also have reached out to the lawyers representing the 18-year-olds, and we can tell you certainly both of them have pleaded not guilty to these charges. so there's a lot more that certainly will come of this in the future. >> susan candiotti, thank you so much from torrington, connecticut. take you overseas now. we've been mentioning to you on the president's three-day trip
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overseas. he's right now in amman, jordan. let's listen in as he's sharing this press conference with king abdullah. right now president obama. >> -- a serious negotiation focus. we're not there yet, but i'm confident it can happen. in part because it must happen. it will be good for the israelis sdp it will be good for the palestinians. i'm very grateful for his majesty's greatness to advance these efforts. as it's been true in the past, his majesty in jordan will be critical to making progress towards a just and lasting peace between israeli and palestinians. and we spent a significant amount of time consulting on syria. i want to commend his majesty for his leadership and commend the jordanian people for their compassion during extraordinarily difficult time for their neighbors. his majesty was the first arab leader to publicly call on assad to step down because of the
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horrific violence being inflicted on the syrian people. jordan has played a leading role in trying to begin a political transition toward a new government. we're working together to strengthen a credible syrian opposition. we share jordan's concerns about violence spilling across the borders. so i want to take this opportunity to make it clear the united states is committed to the security of jordan, which is backed by our strong alliance. as has been mentioned during this crisis the jordanian people have displayed extraordinary generosity, but the strains of so many refugees inevitably is showing. every day -- to neighbors far from home, but this is a heavy burden. and the international community needs to step up to make sure that they are helping to shoulder this burden. the united states will certainly do our part. we are already the single
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largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the syrian people. some of this has helped people here in jordan. and today i'm announcing that my administration will work with congress to provide jordan with an additional $200 million in budget support this year as it cares for syrian refugees and jordanian communities effected by this crisis. this will mean more humanitarian assistance and basic services including education for syrian children so far from home whose lives have been upended. and i think as parents we can only imagine how heartbreaking that must be for any parent to see their children having to go through the kinds of turmoil that they're experiencing. our cooperation on syria's an example of how the partnership between the united states and jordan improves the lives not only of the jordanian people but
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peoples across the region. so, again, your majesty, i want to express my great appreciation for our partnership. and i want to thank you and the jordanian people for the friendship and hospitality that they've shown me and to my fellow americans. and just as i visited the citadel here in amman, i'm looking forward to seeing petra tomorrow, weather permitting. one of the great wonders of history that the world can experience thanks to the care and dedication of jordan and its people. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, your majesty. >> i will ask you -- are you going to keep open for the syrian refugees.
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next to you is a land of war and anything could happen any time. if the regime -- or the water, you are not too far from the damascus the capital you might find a thousand refugees but you spoke about your majesty. and, mr. president, thank you again. and i just want to know you are a superpower, you are leading the superpower of the united states of america, you don't have a plan to put an end for what's going on in syria, the bloodshed, the killing and now we are talking about using the chemical weapon. what's your comment about that? thank you, your majesty. >> well, first of all, the problem with refugees comes down to a humanitarian issue. i mean, how are you going to turn back women, children and
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the wounded? this is something that we just can't do. it's not the jordanian way. we have historically opened our arms to many of our neighbors through many decades of jordan's history. so that is a challenge that we just can't turn our backs on. so that's the reality that we're facing on the ground. so jordan has always been a safe haven to people around us through many, many decades. so unfortunately from that point of view refugees will continue to come to jordan, and we will continue within our means to look after them as best as we can. the problem is obviously that the burden it's having on jordan. we've tried to quantify it as much as possible. the latest figure it's going to cost us roughly $550 million a year, but if those figures double as we think they will by the end of the year, then obviously we're talking a billion plus. not only is that a problem, but it's going to be a tremendous strain obviously on infrastructure and is creating social problems and security
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problems. so this is one of the reasons we're asking for the international community to help. but physically we can't turn away young children, women, people in desperate need and the wounded. so we will continue to burden that responsibility. >> since the start of the situation in syria, we have stepped up as not just a superpower as you phrased it, but also because of basic humanity to say that assad needed to go. we haven't just led with words, but we've also led with deeds. we're the single largest humanitarian donor to the syrian people. we have worked diligently in cooperation with the international community to help organize and mobilize a
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political opposition that is credible because in the absence of a credible political opposition, it will be impossible for us to transition to a more peaceful and more representative and legitimate government structure inside of syria. and that's an area where we have been involved on almost a daily basis. first secretary hillary clinton helped to spearhead the efforts that formed a coherent syrian opposition council. now you've got secretary kerry who's deeply involved in that effort as well. and we are providing not just words but resources, training, capacity in order for that political opposition to maintain links within syria and to be able to provide direct services to people inside of syria including the kinds of relief
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efforts that obviously we're seeing here in jordan, but there are a whole bunch of people who are internally displaced inside of syria who need help. i think what your question may be suggesting is why haven't we simply gone in militarily. and i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily, then it's criticized for going in militarily. and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily. and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. and working in a multilateral context and international context because we think our experience shows that when we
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lead but we are also working with others, like the jordanians, like the turks, like other interested parties in the region, then the outcomes are better. when we are working with the syrians themselves so that this is not externally imposed but rather something that is linked directly with the aspirations and hopes of the people inside of syria, it will work better. so we are going to continue to use every lever and every bit of influence we have to effect the situation inside of syria. you mentioned the issue of chemical weapons. we have called for and we know that the u.n. is now moving forward on investigation of exactly what happened. we're monitoring the situation ourselves. i have said publicly that the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be a game changer from our perspective. because once you let that
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situation spin out of control, it's very hard to stop and can have enormous spillover effects across the region. so we are going to continue to closely consult with everybody in the region and do everything we can to bring an end to the bloodshed and to allow the syrian people to get out of a leader who has lost all legitimacy because he's willing to slaughter his own people. and i'm confident assad will go. it's not a question of if, it's when. and so part of what we have to spend a lot of time thinking about is what's the aftermath of that. and how does that work in a way that actually serves the syrian people. and by the way, serves the syrian people from all walks of life, from all religious
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affiliations because one of the things we know is happening in this region is that if we fail to create a model in the arab world in which people can live side by side regardless of su i sunni, shiite, regardless of the manner they worship their god, if we don't create that possibility, then these problems are going to occur again and again and again. i think his majesty understands that. i think the people of jordan understand that. and these kinds of sectarian and tribal fault lines are part of what we have to get beyond. because they don't work in a modern world. they don't create jobs. they don't put food in the mouths of children. they don't provide an education.
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they don't create a thriving economy. and that's going to be an essential challenge not just in syria but across the region. and the united states i think has something to say about that because part of what makes us a superpower is because we have people of every walk of life, every background, every religion. and if they've got a good idea and willing to work hard, they can succeed. and that's got to be something that's more consistently spoken about not just you know in the syria situation, but i think with respect to this enormous moment of both promise but also danger in the arab world in north africa. >> julie. >> thank you, mr. president. you mentioned the aftermath of the assad regime. there's a lot of concern in jordan and elsewhere that the upheaval in syria is creating havens for extremism. how concerned are you at this point that extremists or
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jihadists could actually take over in syria and perhaps be even worse than assad? and i was also hoping you could give us some insight into how you brokered the call today between prime ministers and how much of their willingness to talk is actually driven by the urgency in syria. and, your majesty, you have offered assad asylum which he rejected, does that offer of asylum still stand? thank you. >> well, i am very concerned about syria becoming an enclave for extremists because extremists thrive in chaos. they thrive in failed states. they thrive in power vacuums. they don't have much to offer when it comes to actually building things, but they're very good about exploiting situations that are no longer functioning. they fill that gap. and that's why i think it's so
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important for us to work as an international community to help accelerate a political transition that is violent so that a syrian state continues to function so that the basic institutions can be rebuilt, that they're not destroyed beyond recognition, that, you know, we are avoiding what inevitably becomes syrian or sectarian divisions because by definition if you're an extremist, then you don't have a lot of tolerance for people who don't share your beliefs. so this is part of the reason why for the american people we've got to recognize we have a stake in. we can't do it alone. and the outcome in syria is not going to be ideal even if we execute our assistance and our coordination and our planning and our support flawlessly.
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the situation in syria now is going to be difficult. and that's what happens when you have a leader who cares more about clinging to power than they do about holding their country together and looking after their people. it's tragic. it's heartbreaking. and the sight of children and women being slaughtered that we've seen so much i think has to compel all of us to say what more can we do. and that's a question that i'm asking every single day. it's a question i know his majesty's asking in his capacity here in jordan. and what i am confident about is that ultimately what the people of syria are looking for is not replacing oppression with a new form of oppression. what they're looking for is replacing oppression with
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freedom and opportunity and democracy. and the capacity to live together and build together. and that's what we have to begin planning for now. understanding that it is going to be difficult. something has been broken in syria, and it's not going to be put back together perfectly immediately anytime soon. even after assad leaves. but we can begin the process of moving it in a better direction and having a cohesive political opposition i think is critical to that. with respect to the conversation that took place between prime minister netanyahu and prime minister erdogan, i have long said that it is in both the interests of israel and turkey to restore normal relations between two countries that have historically had good ties. it broke down several years ago as a consequence of the flotilla
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incident. for, you know, the last two years i've spoken to both prime minister netanyahu and prime minister erdogan about why this rupture has to be mended. that they don't have to agree on everything in order for them to come together around a whole range of common interests and common concerns. during my visit, it appeared that the timing was good for that conversation to take place. i discussed it with prime minister netanyahu and both of us agreed that the moment was right and fortunately they were able to begin the process of rebuilding normal relations between two very important countries of the region. this is a work in progress. it is just beginning. as i said, there are obviously still going to be some significant disagreements between turkey and israel.
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not just on the palestinian question, but on a range of different issues. but they also have a whole range of shared interests and they both happen to be extraordinarily strong partners and friends of ours. and so it is in the interest of the united states that they begin this process of getting their relationship back in order and i'm very glad to see it is happening. >> president barack obama there sharing the stage with king abdullah in amman, jordan, but underscoring the importance of bringing turkey and israel together in terms of the prime minister s discussing, he helped broker the discussions, he said the timing is right and he said it is important to restore the relationship between the two countries. talking about the crisis in syria and the president saying, quote, he is confident assad will -- will be removed. it is not an issue of if, but of when. we're going to continue to
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